NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – With a scoring order of 1-4-5-11-14(24)(38) and a team average 8-kilometer time of 25:30, the No. 6 Amherst College men's cross country team continued their electrifying 2017 season as they captured the program's first-ever NESCAC Championship title at the 34th installment of the annual conference meet hosted by Bates College at Pineland Farms Saturday afternoon.
Placing all five scoring runners inside the top-15, the Mammoths bested second place team Middlebury College by 31 points en route to stopping archrival Williams from winning their fifth consecutive NESCAC crown. Senior Mohamed Hussein became the sixth-ever harrier to win multiple NESCAC individual titles and the first in Amherst program history after also taking gold in 2015 behind a 24:43 mark. Prior to 2015, Amherst runners previously won the league meet in 1998 (Rob Mitchell) and 1988 (Thomas Evans).
- TOP-THREE: Amherst (35), Middlebury (66), Bates (109)
- TOP-MAMMOTH: Hussein (25:07.3 / 1st)
- TOTAL RUNNERS: 140
MAMMOTHS SCORING RUNNERS
- For the second time in three seasons, Hussein claimed the conference's individual title. Clocking a time of 25:07.3, the Hargeisa, Somaliland native finished a full six seconds ahead of second place finisher Scott Mason of Connecticut College (25:13.0) to become the third harrier in program history to take the top spot at the NESCAC Championship.
- Continuing to impress during a breakout sophomore season, Clark Ricciardelli '20 was second across the finish line for the Mammoths. Notching a 25:20.5 mark, Ricciardelli was just tenths of a second behind the third place finisher as he secured fourth overall.
- Cosmo Brossy '19 placed right behind Ricciardelli, with the junior captain earning a time of 25:32.0 to place fifth in the 140-runner meet.
- Cutting more than 90 seconds off his time of 27:16.43 from last season's Championship, Kristian Sogaard '19 clinched 11th overall with a time of 25:41.9.
- Rounding out Amherst's scoring runners, Tucker Meijer '19 completed the 4.97 mile race in 25:45.9 to place 14th and direct the Mammoths to their first-ever NESCAC Championship crown. The time marked a more than minute improvement from last fall, where Meijer logged a 27:12.32 mark.
AMHERST IN THE SCORESHEET
- Mohamed Hussein '18 / 25:07.3 / 1st
- Clark Ricciardelli '20 / 25:20.5 / 4th
- Cosmo Brossy '19 / 25:32.0 / 5th
- Kristian Sogaard '19 / 25:41.9 / 11th
- Tucker Meijer '19 / 25:45.9 / 14th
- Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 / 26:00.9 / 24th
- Jack Wesley '18 / 26:23.5 / 38th
- Justin Barry '19 / 26:25.0 / 40th
- Ralph Skinner '20 / 27:01.3 / 74th
- Jacob Silverman '19 / 27:05.7 / 76th
- Aaron Zambrano '18 / 27:18.0 / 81st
- Chris Stone '20 / 27:54.0 / 104th
- Braxton Schudlt '21 / 28:04.4 / 106th
- Jamie Mazzola '21 / 28:10.6 / 112th
- Bill Massey '21 / 28:30.6 / 122nd
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 when they travel to the University of Southern Maine for the DIII New England Regionals. The men's 8K race is slated to take off at 11 a.m. at the Gorham Country Club in Gorham, Maine.